Transpower turns to drones and AI to improve safety and detect faults

Transpower is testing unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) technologies to cut the number of helicopter flights required for visual inspections of its assets.

“We want to keep our teams and New Zealanders safe, reduce disruption to the public, and improve the quality of information obtained about our assets,” explains Mark Ryall, GM grid service delivery.
“Our tests are showing these new technologies can do that, with the added benefit of helping us to operate more efficiently.”

The move away from helicopters for these inspections will reduce the noise and inconvenience currently experienced by tens of thousands of people living under or near Transpower’s lines.

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